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From Kuala Lumpur Sentral to Penang by train

#9102
KTM
11:25
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
15:40
Butterworth, Penang
4h 15m
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#9104
KTM
14:40
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
18:55
Butterworth, Penang
4h 15m
 Instant
#9322
KTM
17:39
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
22:02
Butterworth, Penang
4h 23m
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#9422
KTM
18:12
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
22:39
Butterworth, Penang
4h 27m
 Instant
#9422
KTM
18:12
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
23:22
Tasek Gelugor, Penang
5h 10m
 Instant
#9106
KTM
20:40
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
00:55
Butterworth, Penang
4h 15m
 Instant
#9122
KTM
21:50
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
02:15
Butterworth, Penang
4h 25m
 Instant
#9124
KTM
22:45
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
02:59
Butterworth, Penang
4h 14m
 Instant

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth

Though by saying ‘Penang’ many travelers mean Penang Island, the island is only a part of Penang state which has a similar-sized mainland part, called Seberang Perai. Of the two, Penang Island is by no doubt the main draw. Though an island, Penang is by no way a prime beach destination. Do not expect crystal clear waters and fine sand – there are many other places in Malaysia where you can find this combination, but definitely not on Penang. But Penang is the right place to savour the local flavour: a melting pot of Malay, Indian, Chinese and European cultures, Penang will bring your culinary experience at a new level; British colonial architecture blends here with colourful Chinese temples; and the whole wealth of walking itineraries – from exploring natural attractions of the island including a mangrove forest and butterfly farm to visiting churches or browsing the city streets in a traditional rickshaw – assure you will not be bored.

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Penang

Both buses and trains are a convenient way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Penang. Note trains bring you to Butterworth, a town on the mainland part of Penang state. From there it is a 15-minute ferry ride to Georgetown on Penang island. There is absolutely no reason for spending your time in Butterworth – unless you decide to visit the largest Bird Park in Malaysia, which is located about two km east of the ferry terminal, or have a look at a huge Nine Emperor Gods Temple – but you will find the similar-styled temples in Georgetown, too.

From Kuala Lumpur to Penang by train

Trains from Kuala Lumpur make several stops on the mainland of Penang state, including Bukit Mertajam and Butterworth. If your final destination is Georgetown (which is most probably is the case), go to Butterworth which is located right by the pier from where a shuttle ferry heads to the island part of Penang state.

The distance between the capital of Malaysia and Butterworth is about 350 km. Travel time from Kuala Lumpur to Penang by train is four hours if you go by a high-speed electric train (ETS), while ordinary intercity train #2 takes over five hours to cover the same distance. It leaves Kuala Lumpur Sentral at 4pm daily and arrives to Butterworth at 9.45pm. The main advantage of this intercity train is the price of the tickets which is nearly twice as low as the one of the ETS at MYR34 compared to MYR59.

ETS operates on daily bases and offers 4 trains a day plus the fifth option from Friday to Sunday (#9216 at 5.30pm). There are two morning trains at 9.15am (#9232) and 9.30am (#9208) and two evening trains at 6.35pm (#9210) and at 8pm (#9234).

Note that the last train (#9234) reaches Butterworth at 11.52pm and it is impossible to get to Georgetown by ferry on the same day, as the ferry operates till 11.30pm only. You still can reach Georgetown, though, but you will need to take a taxi instead.

From Butterworth to Georgetown

The easiest way to get from Butterworth to Georgetown is to take the famous Penang ferry. It departs regularly from the Ferry Terminal in Butterworth from 5.30am till 11.30pm every 10 or 20 minutes. You can get to the ferry terminal directly from the train and bus stations in Butterworth – look for covered walkways and indications. The ferry takes just 15 minutes to reach the pier at Weld Quay.

From Kuala Lumpur to Penang by bus

Bus travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang takes from 4½ hours to 5 hours. Taking into consideration a number of departures from different locations in Kuala Lumpur and the cost of the ride (MYR35-MYR40), it is a great alternative to a railway journey.

The main bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur serving Kuala Lumpur–Penang route is TBS, Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, the main transportation terminal in the southern part of Kuala Lumpur. From the city it is easily reachable by KLIA transit, LRT and KTM Komuter. Billion Stars, StarQistna Express and Seasons Express all operate from TBS from as early as 6.30am with the last bus departing a minute before midnight at 11.59pm.

Billion Stars also has rides from One Utama, to the northwest of the capital, and Pudu Raya, located rather centrally between KLCC and Bukit Bintang. The latter is also used by Mayang Sari Express and City Express buses.

The earliest bus of Billion Stars from One Utama leaves at 9.45 am, the last one – at 11.59pm. The first City Express bus from Pudu Raya departs at 10.30 in the morning, the last – at 11.30 in the evening. Some companies also call to Kulim in Kedah on their way to Butterworth, but if your final destination is Georgetown, do not get off at that point.

Note that for the majority of buses Butterworth is not their terminus. After calling to Butterworth they proceed over the famous Penang bridge #1 to the centralised island bus terminal, Sungai Nibong. Note that though travelling to Singai Nibong brings you directly to the island, it is about 10 km to the main tourist area of Georgetown from there. In many cases, Butterworth is the best choice to get off the bus as it is only a 15-minute trip to Georgetown by ferry from there.

Note though, that all buses leaving Kuala Lumpur after 6.30pm, arrive to Butterworth after 11pm_ which means you will not be able to use the ferry from Butterworth to Georgetown immediately after arrival: take a taxi instead.

Getting around

Though as in many other places in Asia, footpaths are narrow or non-existent in Georgetown, it is still a pleasure to go on a stroll around the central part of Georgetown filled with colonial mansions, colorful temples and tasty restaurants. To go further, make use of rather a convenient and well-organized Penang public transport system. Local buses ply several routes which are clearly indicated on maps – look for them at the main bus terminals at Jetty and Komtar Complex. Buses stop picking up passengers after 10pm.Taxis have metres, though flat rates – normally, quite decent – are used for certain destinations. At night-time, taxis add 100% surcharge to the normal rate.

Renting a motorbike is a great way to get around the island. A usual daily rate is about MYR25, and many rental shops require a deposit of MYR200. Helmets are compulsory and traffic is often quite chaotic, but if you have the experience of negotiating streets anywhere in Asia, you will not be lost.

Where to stay

Georgetown has accommodation for all tastes and budgets, but if you are after some serious fancy options, look in Batu Ferringghi close to the beach. Backpackers and flashpackers are well catered for around Chulia and Muntri Streets, as well as in Love Lane area. That said, decent double rooms under USD20 (MYR80) are a rare breed nowadays. Going a step further up (to MYR100) allows you to choose a room in a much more attractive guesthouse which is definitely a worth-doing thing.

Activities

Time your visit to see one of the famous festivals – from Chinese New Year in February to Deepavali or Songkran in April to get the real taste of the island’s culture. Since 2010, a month-long Georgetown festival held in June/July brings to the city a blast of art, theatre, dance and music performances.

Sweat your way through the city streets pedalling a tandem bike. Climb to the largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia of Kek Lok Si and then pay respect to the oldest Anglican church of the region, St. George’s. Wander fearlessly over the vipers inhabited premises of the Snake Temple and transport yourself to India in the intricately decorated Hindu temple of Sri Mahamariamman. Watch myriads of flying beauties in Penang Butterfly Farm and then head to Upper Penang Road for the best nightlife options.

After you have had enough of the city itself, do some jungle trekking in the Penang National Park with a network of paths cutting through virgin forests or set on for a day boat trip to Pulau Payar Marine Park for snorkelling. You can try some of the north-western coast beaches, too, e.g. Monkey Beach, but do not expect too much.

From Penang to Thailand

The railway station serving Penang is located in Butterworth, on the mainland part of the state. To get to Butterworth from Georgetown, take a ferry, a bus or a taxi. There is a direct train from Butterworth to Bangkok operated by Thai Railways. It leaves daily at 1.15pm and arrives to Bangkok at 10.30am the next morning, the whole journey taking 21 hour. All cars are second class AC sleeper cars and tickets cost THB1430 (MYR170). The train makes all the usual stops en route to Bangkok, including Hat Yai, Suratthani and Chumphon, among others, which allows you to hop off in the middle of the way and explore some of the islands of the Gulf.

Passenger reviews out of total 3,787 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

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Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Mar 23, 2019
bus Business, Transnasional MY
★★★★☆
We were late by one 1 hour but it was a good ride and the driver was conciderate of the passengers. The coach was comfortable.
Mar 23, 2019
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★☆☆☆☆
Unruly kids who were not controlled by parents, aircon way too cold
Mar 18, 2019
bus Express, Nice MY
★★★☆☆
Other than the bus arriving a whole hour later than scheduled for no apparent reason, the service was fine. Bus was clean and comfortable for extended travel. The staff at the check in counter in KL were not helpful and could use some lessons in customer service.
Mar 17, 2019
bus Business, Transnasional MY
★★★★★
Comfortable seats and no delay
Mar 7, 2019
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★☆☆☆
The air-conditioning was ridiculous!! Even after wearing a jumper, a jacket, long pants and a blanket, it was freezing!!! After asking to turn it down, it seemed to be colder... It would have been much more enjoyable if not for it being so cold!!!
Mar 6, 2019
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★☆☆
It was freezing! Even the staff apologised for the temp in the train. Customers wearing coats and socks when it’s 35 degrees outside! No food available so if you’re doing the 4 hours kl-butter worth bring a snack. Toilet leaking badly and no paper. Train itself very clean, on time and seats fine.
Feb 27, 2019
bus Business, Transnasional MY
★★★☆☆
Easy to get tickets. Bus comfortable. Trip made in good time
Feb 23, 2019
bus Express, Nice MY
★★★★☆
An older bus but the ride was comfortably and safe. The ride took about 5 hours includet a 20 min. stop.
Feb 22, 2019
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★☆
Stairs at Butterworth station are a bit too strenuous. Train was ok. Seats are a bit crap in that they don’t match the human body for shape. No toilet paper in the bogs and it is an absolute sauna boarding and departing the train. Still beats the mental road trip from KL to Penang. Might fly next time though.. Cheers
Feb 20, 2019
train #9104 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
Faultless booking system and worked brilliantly. Will certainly use again.
Feb 19, 2019
train #9104 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
Very comfortable nice train
Feb 18, 2019
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
Would have preferred a seat facing the direction we were going will know for next time otherwise a great trip
Feb 15, 2019
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★★★★
Lovely clean comfortable journey-would definitely recommend:)
Feb 14, 2019
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
great ride.
Feb 11, 2019
bus Express, Nice MY
★★★★☆
Good driver, comfy seats, although a broken seat tray. Add free wifi to really support those traveling to get 5 stars.
Feb 8, 2019
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★★★★
Very efficient and smoothie ride. Very confortable bus.
Feb 5, 2019
bus VIP 24, StarMart Express
★★★☆☆
Seats are comfortable and lots of leg room is amazing. However, the bus was so cold all the passengers seemed unhappy but the driver told us the air conditioner was broken and it couldn't turn off. The journey seemed very slow and it's a shame there are not more buses so you don't have to wait too long.
Feb 3, 2019
bus Express, Nice MY
★★★★☆
Should have more clearly advertised another pick-up point at KL Sentral. We could have just walked across the road from our hotel rather than getting caught in a queue in a taxi. Otherwise good service and good driver on busy highway!
Jan 31, 2019
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★★★★
Very good bus, drivers, seats and Aircon. Nothing to complain about.
Jan 31, 2019
bus Business, Transnasional MY
★★★★☆
Delayed by 30 mins but aside from that everything else was good
Jan 27, 2019
bus Express, Nice MY
★★★☆☆
Foot rest broken, TV broken, no headphones, had been told there would be food but there wasn't, 4 year old child charged same as adult
Jan 25, 2019
bus Express, Nice MY
★★★☆☆
Took more time than advertised.
Jan 25, 2019
bus Express, Nice MY
★★★★☆
Good an effecient trip.
Jan 24, 2019
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★★★★
Good service and not to cold.
Jan 16, 2019
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
On time, helpful staff & great journey. Enjoyable & highly recommended
Jan 14, 2019
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★☆
the train was very clean and you have a lot of space for all belongings. the aircon was a bit to cold, so i stood some time between two wagons because it felt warmer there :-)
Jan 13, 2019
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
Very comfortable and train on time
Jan 10, 2019
bus Business, Transnasional MY
★★★☆☆
6 hour trip. Bus stops once for bathroom break. It would be really nice if they provided pillows. Seats barely recline. Not for the old and stiff.
Jan 6, 2019
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★☆
Excellent service arriving on time 4 hours later at Butterworth. Our seats 1A and 1B were very cramped, otherwise we would have given 5*. Once people got off, we were then able to sit back and enjoy the journey in different seats.
Jan 6, 2019
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★☆☆
Train was incredibly cold. Maybe 15 deg C in my car. Had to go stand between cars to warm up. I thought Thai trains were cold but this ....
Jan 5, 2019
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★★☆
Quick and efficient. Cold AirCon. But the bus would beep horribly if the driver went to fast and the stop for restroom and snacks was much too short.
Jan 5, 2019
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★★★★
Serious bus company. The bus were in time and had very comfortable seats. The a/c was a little bit to cold but its better than the other way around ;)
Jan 3, 2019
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★★★☆
Good comfy spacious. We arrived early. Only bad comments our usb connection didn’t work. Would have been nice to have WiFi
Dec 31, 2018
bus Business, Transnasional MY
★★★★★
On time departure, early arrival. Perfect.
Dec 28, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
Very smooth journey but really cold in the carriages, have your warm clothes handy!
Dec 28, 2018
bus VIP 24, StarMart Express
★★★☆☆
Too many stops, and we had to change buses halfway.
Dec 28, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
Excellent service, pristine carriages and staff were very helpful
Dec 25, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★☆☆
I booked a more expensive ticket just for the comfort (wifi, snacks..) and well it didn't have anything, not even a USB plug to charge my phone. Plus, an unfriendly driver.
Dec 24, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★☆☆
Carriages were comfortable, unfortunately had rear facing seats. A seating plan showing direction would be preferable. Restrooms were poorly serviced Train departed and arrived exactly on time
Dec 24, 2018
bus VIP 24, StarMart Express
★★★★★
Really confortable bus, fast and safe.
Dec 23, 2018
bus VIP 24, StarMart Express
★★★☆☆
The bus was comfortable and the staff if the company were super nice but instead of 5hours it took 8 hours.
Dec 22, 2018
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★☆☆☆
The bus was comfortable and the windows allowed you to look out, so as to comfort it was fine. My seat did not sit fully upright, but was not too bad. My bigger concern is on safety. There were no seat belts in the seats we were occupying. Also the driver was talking on the cell phone much of the trip which I consider inappropriate especially when responsible for the safety of a bus load of people. The bus was running late, but I believe this was more a problem with TBS than with the driver, however he added to it by stopping for gas before we arrived at the bus stop rather than waiting until after he dropped us off. I would not be likely to use Sri Maju again mostly based on safety concerns.
Dec 10, 2018
bus Express, Transnasional
★★★☆☆
Bus very old and the space between sits very small. Driver didn’t respect the stop time, because announced 15 minutes and took 40 minutes to departure.
Dec 10, 2018
bus Express, Transnasional
★★★☆☆
The first shift driver was smoking while driving. He smoked 3 times. In a/c vehicle that is bad for passengers.
Dec 4, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★☆
My trip was good, punctual. The only downside is i got seat number 1 which is limited legroom and facing contra direction with the train moving
Nov 26, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★★☆
Comfy, clean. Only thing was it was a little late but the journey itself was easy
Nov 26, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★☆
Smooth trip - on time. Aircon set too low - all passengers affected - carriage A. Agree with other comments - seat plan could indicate restricted view seats AND direction of travel. Price on your site for 2 seats 182R inc 7R booking fee. Hard copy boarding pass showed 61R per seat. Some discrepancy - not a fortune involved!!
Nov 18, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★☆☆☆
There was a delay for 3 hours (when the total trip should take around 5hours, I have spend 8 hours). That’s way to much
Nov 16, 2018
bus Business, Transnasional MY
★★★★☆
Nice bus nice trip. Just was expecting at least a complementary water bottle.
Nov 12, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
lovely trip punctual clean
Oct 20, 2018
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★★★★
No issues
Oct 17, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★★★
All fine. Trip went as expected.
Oct 13, 2018
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★★★★
Really comfy and spacious seats. Which also recline. Had a 30 mins break about halfway to eat and use the bathroom. It was pretty chilly since it had a/c but can’t complain about that.
Sep 24, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★★☆
The service is good!
Sep 22, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★★★
The bus was comfortable, but it showed up at TBS 15 minutes late. The stop for toilette use should be in a better one. No toilette paper neither extra clean as it should be
Sep 21, 2018
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★★☆☆
Perhaps everynow and then explain the trip in English especially the beautiful towns we stopped at along the way.
Sep 21, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★☆☆
Trip was okay but we arrived over one hour late
Sep 14, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
Easy to find the platform inside KL Sentral and the train arrived on time. Would highly recommend this as a way to get to the northern part of Malaysia.
Sep 7, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★☆☆
Arrived at 3:30 instead of 2, wasn’t given any instruction on when to hop off for food/toilet breaks compared to just stopping to pick up passengers or how long we had at the stop to eat before the bus left.
Sep 3, 2018
bus Express, Plusliner MY
★★★★★
Easy trip. Bus was a little late but no problems
Sep 1, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★★☆
Trip was ok, as it should be. But nobody says that it was going to Butterworth instead of Sungei Nibong, it was me that in a gas station I realised it. So I asked the driver and my family and I, plus six more people in the same bus had to change to another bus! Lucky for us, the other bus had stopped at the same gas station.
Aug 30, 2018
train #9106 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★☆
The trip was on-time.
Aug 22, 2018
bus VIP, Seasons Express
★★★☆☆
The driver was good. Grateful for the stop on the way. But we left nearly 30mins late as the driver did not arrive on time.
Aug 20, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
So easy to purchase ticket KL to Butterworth/Penang in advance from Germany. Some clicks - printing out, that's it! We had a wonderful journey. Thanks.
Aug 20, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★☆☆
My view was so restricted at the train. At the central station, there was no directing, help on buying tickets. It would be good to provide some support for foreigners.
Aug 18, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
Excellent as planned!
Aug 13, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★☆☆
The train was great, but our seats were next to the pillar so we had a very restricted view. Other passengers pulled down their blinds and went to sleep but as tourists we really wanted to see Malaysia. The seat booking plan should indicate which seats have an unrestricted view.
Aug 6, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★☆☆☆
Comfortable bus. Driver made 3 stops within an hour for no reason. Delayed arrival in Penang by 2 hours. Driver also seemed unable to follow street signs and went back in the same direction we had come from twice resulting in us getting stuck in heavy traffic for no reason.
Aug 4, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★★☆
The company Transnational is not serious
Jul 19, 2018
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★★★★
Good trip, the bus was new and clean, good leg room, driver spoke and understood basic english. No complaints, I would book from them again.
Jul 3, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★☆☆
I'm usually very positive, the bus was comfortable but very late to arrive. And ly ticket said VIP: water and snacks includes, they gave us nnothing.
Jun 11, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★★☆
Bus very good, amazingly spacious but toilet stop was too far, 3 and half hours before we could get comfortable! ! We expected a break half way. Linda from NZ
Jun 7, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★★★
It was a great 5-hr bus ride from KL to Penang
Jun 6, 2018
bus Express, Transnasional
★★★★☆
Quick and easy to the ferry. Would be nice if the pit stop had food though
May 10, 2018
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★★★☆
Good
May 8, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
An excellent trip, over 140 kms per hour ! A very good dining buffet on board. Highly recommended.
May 4, 2018
bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group
★★★★★
Comfortable bus, really nice chairs. We left and arrived on time and we had enough stops on the way to go to the restroom. I would book this bus again for sure.
May 4, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
Good organistion, on time, I recomend
May 3, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★★
Was so easy to book and use tickets.
May 2, 2018
train #9104 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★☆☆
We are enjoying our train journey through Malaysia in spite of small hiccups - mainly lateness and delays. One huge gripe about the trains however is that they are FAR TOO COLD. We took an extra jumper today but we're still lumps of ice after 4 hours on the train! Please turn the ac up to a manageable temperature - 22 or 23 is fine for everyone.
Apr 24, 2018
bus VIP, Transnasional
★★★★☆
The trip was pleasant, arrive one hour late to destination
Apr 23, 2018
train #9104 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★☆☆
Other than train arriving late to destination nothing was wrong. However 1 hour late arrival was disappointing.
Apr 20, 2018
train #9106 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★☆
Comfortable journey with reasonable leg room. Not enough large bag space given many travellers going on to Penang.
Apr 2, 2018
train #9102 ETS Platinum, KTM
★★★★☆
Very pleasant trip and on time. Aircon was too cold which is uncomfortable.
Mar 29, 2018
bus VIP, Seasons Express
★★☆☆☆
There has been only 1 toilet stop for a 6hours drive, which is definitely not enough. The driver was very unfriendly and not helpful.

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